How to get a salon facial at home

How to get a salon facial at home

When I turned 50 I treated myself to a series of facials over a few months. One was a microdermabrasion facial.

If you haven’t heard of microdermabrasion facials, they’re advertised as ‘non-invasive resurfacing of the skin that exfoliates, reduces congestion and improves texture to leave your skin looking more supple and refreshed.’

Compared to the previous facials, which admittedly didn’t have all the benefits of a microdermabrasion facial, it was a little uncomfortable and not quite the ‘lie back and relax time’ I was expecting.

Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals that are blown onto the skin under pressure and immediately suctioned off. They minutely scratch the surface of the skin removing the layer of dead cells that causes dullness.

In you want to know why we get duller, less radiant skin as we age, it’s because cellular turnover decreases which means the top layer of dead cells is shed less frequently.

So, back to my story. My skin felt great after the facial but that was the last one in my facial series. I can’t remember if it was because of how it felt or because I was busy and having a regular facial was a luxury that I didn’t have time for.

Fast forward a few years and I found an alternative that gave similar results to the microdermabrasion facial without the discomfort, in a fraction of the time (less than five minutes), and I could do it at home.

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How to get better quality beauty products

If you’re like me, you want to look your best and you want value for the money you spend on beauty items. It can be a minefield navigating all the marketing hype and these tips will guide you to making choices that give you more quality for your dollar (or pound). 

Always buy the best quality skincare you can afford. I could tell you that your skin is the largest organ of your body so it deserves to be looked after but you know that. 

More importantly, the choices you make now, whatever your age, will impact how you look in 10 and 20 years from now. And it would be naive to think that how you’ll look won’t matter to you. You can ensure you always look your best you by investing in the best skincare you can afford now.

And let’s not forget the subtle message you’re giving your body when you use quality - you’re saying that you deserve the best and this is one important step in self love.

So here are my 3 tips to get the most value from your beauty items and to get better quality beauty products.


    Reducing waste is not just advice about using every last drop of your lotions and potions, which is important.  

    If you buy products that give you results which you love, of course, then you’ll be motivated to use every last drop and not be seduced by the next ‘big thing’

    Know what your skin issues are before you go to buy so you don’t get seduced or bamboozled by clever marketing and a persuasive salesperson and end up buying products that you don’t need. 

    Finally, if you’re starting a new regime KISS (keep it simple, sweetheart). If you don’t do anything but ‘shower and go’ now, don’t buy a 5 step morning regime because chances are you won’t stick to it. Better to add one highly effective step to your regime and make that a habit. Then you can add another step if you want.

    And back to the initial point, look for packaging that allows you to get every last drop. If it’s a product in a jar, it’s not too difficult to get it all out. If the product is in a tube, consider cutting the top off when the level gets low.


    It’s easy to think the big name brands are the best, but when you factor in the cost of advertising and store mark ups, you have to acknowledge that the quality you get will be less than a similarly priced item where there are no advertising or store mark up costs.

    Admittedly, many small companies will not be able to compete with the big names for research and development, but there are some direct sales companies where the research and development teams are superior. The company I’m partnered with has the most impressive scientific advisory board and research and development team I’ve seen in any company.

    For that reason, to get the most value for your money and the best quality skincare you can, my advice is definitely to buy directly from a direct sales company. Yes, direct sales companies are not all created equally, so do a little homework. Or ask me. This is the most effective way of getting better quality beauty products without having to increase your budget.


Are you someone who uses the fuel discount voucher you get at the supermarket? I am. Why wouldn’t I?

And similarly, why wouldn’t I buy products from a company  that rewards my loyalty. And not just a token reward but a reward that can be redeemed for more quality products.

The company I’m partnered with is very generous in its rewards program. In the first year, the reward is 20% of the product value and after a year, a whopping 30% of the product value. That’s nearly ‘buy three, get one’. And it’s not just for a limited time or a special promotion, it’s for every time I buy as part of that program.

If you are using a particular brand and doing so on a regular basis, if you’re not getting rewarded for that loyalty you are not optimizing value for your money.

I hope these tips have been useful. If you want to schedule a SKINCARE CONSULTATION for a personalized recommendation that will fit effortlessly into your life and give you real results, message me.

8 Tips to Help You Achieve Naturally Glowing Skin without make-up

8 Tips to Help You Achieve Naturally Glowing Skin without make-up

A 'brow to collar' guide to staying beautiful naturally because we all have those days we just want to get up and go.  These tips will help you go out without make-up and feel confident you look radiant and fresh-faced.

And even if you do wear make-up, and let's face it, makeup is a great way to highlight your best features, wearing it does not mean that you should neglect properly caring for your skin. Your skin is not only your first line of defense against the outside world, but it is also the first area that the effects of aging begin to show. In fact, the best way to allow cosmetics to enhance your natural beauty is to give your facial features the best chance to shine on their own—starting with the right skin care routine.

Each part of your face is unique and should be treated as such.

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